We couldn’t agree more that when children reach the age of 4, they will start asking awkward questions about SEX.
And as adults, we find it difficult to choose the proper words to educate our children concerning the ¨touchy¨ subject.
Good thing there are amazing people in the world who make it possible for us to have the “talk” with our kids by coming up with the best sex education books for children.
Here are 11 best sex education books by kids’ age group.
For Ages 4 – 8:
1. Where Did I Come From? (By Peter Mayle)
Most preschoolers ask this very simple question that can put parents on the hot seat. So how do we answer it without sounding ridiculous? This book can give you a good start before plunging into a long explanation about pregnancy and childbirth.
2. It’s NOT the Stork (By Robie H Harris)
Many of us get stuck on a question, “why do boys stand up when they pee?” While it’s natural for them to ask that question, we do our best to give the most mindful answers as possible. And yes, we try harder. Now, you have a guide on how to make your kids understand that these leggy, elegant birds are not associated with delivering babies.
3. What’s the Big Secret (By Laurie Krasny Brown)
The question, “how does a grown up boy and a grown up girl make a baby?” almost makes us parents want to skip the question and offer a kid an ice cream instead. Luckily, this educational book by Laurie Krasny Brown can walk us through educating children what makes a boy and a girl individually special. Physically, mentally and emotionally.
4. There’s a House Inside My Mummy (By Giles Andreae)
Isn’t it adorable when you see a child extremely excited about becoming a big sister or a big brother? They would often think that babies live in their mummyś tummy. This book tells a cute story about a little, big brother waiting for the family´s new little one.
5. What Makes a Baby (By Cory Silverberg)
This book is well-structured and clearly written for the realistic perspective of modern family life. While it is aimed at children ages 4-8, it not only focused on reproductive health but it also includes topics of gender and gender identities.
For Ages 7 – 10:
6. It’s So Amazing (By Robie Harris And Michael Emberley)
Let´s make our children’s learning experiences amazingly fun and informative. If your kid is not yet mentally and emotionally ready to understand how the reproductive system works through actual pictures. Then, this book has a gentler presentation.
7. 21st Century Guide to the Birds and the Bees (By Belinda Messer and Rosie Luik)
I like this book. It is straight forward and gets down to the facts. It also covers things like IVF, surrogacy and donors. Pictures are simple and beautiful.
8. Period. A Girl’s Guide (By JoAnn Loulan)
Having a menstrual period for the first time is daunting for many young girls…..and their parents. This book serves as a simpler guide with the wholistic approach, as young girls go through the difficult times of hormonal changes.
9. What’s Happening to Me – A Boy’s Guide? (By Alex Frith)
If girls freak out with having a period, boys also freak out the moment they notice that their voices start to change. Or when facial hair starts to grow. This book is a great tool to guide adolescent boys to understand the physical changes in a male’s body in a more straightforward and positive way.
For Ages 10 and up:
10. It’s Perfectly Normal (By Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley)
When it comes to educating teens, nothing else can make sex education much easier than to cut the chase and get ahead with the need-to-knows. This is a considerably informative, modern day book that addresses matters concerning young people about safe internet use, sexual health involving sexually transmitted diseases, gender identity issues and many more.
11. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (By Judy Blume)
The overcoming of the adolescent stage follows the concern of young girls about having boobs and wider hips – and NOT having any of it at all. Girls who are late developers feel like they are not normal and that sucks more than anything else. The book tackles this subject, teaches about how to deal with the real-life issues, such as growing up in a dysfunctional family, sexual awakening and self-improvement.